Editorâ€™s note: This is the first in a multi-story series looking back at the memorable events of 2014.
Whether it was stumping for candidates, directing movies or accepting honorary keys to the city, there were plenty of celebrities and big name politicos who visited the Ocean State in 2014.
WOONSOCKET — Earlier this month, Mount Saint Charles Academy’s volleyball coach, Josh D'Abate, and members of the girls’ volleyball team joined forces with local volunteers to participate in the Gingerbread Express at the William D'Abate Elementary School (K-5) in Providence,.
Pauline I. Gramolini
WOONSOCKET - Pauline I. (Mengotto) Gramolini, 97 of Mendon Rd. died Sunday December 21, 2014 in the Ballou Home with her family by her side. She was the wife of the late Romeo E. Gramolini.
Born in Woonsocket, daughter of the late Bernard and Elizabeth (Refusco) Mengotto.
Pauline was owner and operator, along with her husband of the former Romeo's Market on Wood Ave. from 1939 - 1962. She also worked for Leo's Bakery for 10 years and Tech Industries for three years prior to retiring.
WORCESTER - Edward Walenty, 72, of Uxbridge, died on Monday, December 22, 2014, at the Rose Monahan Hospice House, Worcester. He was the husband of the late Cynthia B. (Ray) Walenty, who predeceased him on October 31, 2010. Born in Worcester, he was son of the late Stephen and Ann (Kravtiz) Walenty. He was a retired general contractor. His greatest joy was spending time with his family.
WOONSOCKET— For Mount St. Charles first-year head coach Henry Coleman, this was one heck of an early Christmas gift, one he won’t forget.
He knew his Tuesday night opponent, Masters Regional Academy, had a phenomenal hoopster in senior Pablo Perez, and told his squad beforehand what it had to do to keep his wizardry in check.
The Mounties did – and didn’t.
Charles L. Robinson
NORTH SMITHFIELD - Charles L. Robinson, 79, of Rhodes Ave., died December 22, 2014 in St. Antoine Residence, No. Smithfield. He was the husband of Carol L. (Meunier) Robinson whom he married July 1, 1961. Born in No. Smithfield, he was the son of the late Charles P. and Clara (Blanchard) Robinson.
A Korean War Navy Veteran, Mr. Robinson worked in various positions for the State of Rhode Island for twenty five years. Charles was a member of the LeClair Kozlic Logan Bassett VFW Post 6342, Forestdale and was an avid Boston sports fan.
BURRILLVILLE - Margaret "Peggy" Montressor, 81, of Burrillville, RI, passed away on December 22, at Landmark Medical Center, in Woonsocket. Born in Lost Creek, PA, she was the daughter of the late James and Jennie (McGrath) Bane.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Three Woonsocket men appeared in Providence District Court Monday, where they were ordered held without bail on felony robbery charges in connection with a series of armed bank ATM robberies in the city and nearby Massachusetts last week.
Rocco Baldelli wasn’t seeking a switch in assignments with the Tampa Bay Rays. In his own words, the Woonsocket native and Bishop Hendricken alumnus “was very much into the work he was doing” as a key and trusted figurehead in the front office.